Friday, February 12, 2010

Monkey and Poetry Convergence: Billy the Kid edition

I just finished watching Bill the Kid, a documentary about, well, a kid named Billy. More specifically, it's about a 15-year-old kid with what seems to be asbergers.

Proving once again that monkeys and poetry are cosmically connected, in one scene Billy is in a local diner flirting with a girl who works there. He really likes her. The girl's step-dad, Rick, is sitting at the counter next to them. When we see a shot of the step dad there's a picture of monkeys taped to the wall in front of him. It looks like it colored in crayon and torn out from a coloring book. The exchange between Billy and Rick is a very good example of how Billy interacts with people.
Billy: Hey Rick, do you like horror films?
Rick: Not really.
Billy: You know what my favorite type of horror film is?
Rick: What's that?
Billy: Slasher films.
Rick: Slasher films?
Billy: Murderers.
It's pretty much the exact conversation everyone has with a girl's parental figure when they want to ask her out.

Later on in the film we see Billy walking through the snowy woods and he recites Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay."

On the DVD is a short film that the director made, checking in with Billy a year later. In it he talks about the horrible things in the world including "killer bees, gorillas being close to extinction, global warming, all that shit." He then says, "It makes me want to turn my back on the whole human race."

Billy The Kid does the opposite.

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